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KRISS USA is the manufacturer of the popular KRISS Vector firearm, one of the more interesting designs of the last decade or so and widely adopted by the video game industry. Now KRISS is expanding into the ever popular AR-15 rifle market, and their first entry is a no brainer: a .22lr rimfire only version.

Something that’s noteworthy in these guns is the barrel system. The barrel adapter has been designed so that the guns can accept common Ruger 10/22 barrels, providing the ability to swap out your barrel for something that better suits your specific mission.

KRISS partnered with WarSport to do the styling on one of the rifles they will be displaying, the others are all different colors of the same model of generic AR-15. MSRP is about $699 for the standard models and $799 for the WarSport version.

KRISS’ press release follows:

KRISS USA Introduces DEFIANCE® DMK22 Sporting Rifles

The DEFIANCE® DMK22 rifles are dedicated .22LR AR-15s offering impressive quality and unprecedented levels of customizability.

January 12, 2017 – Chesapeake, Virginia, USA – KRISS USA, an innovative designer, manufacturer and distributor of small arms, introduces the new DEFIANCE® DMK22 series of .22LR AR-15 sporting rifles. Models include the DMK22C, in various CERAKOTE® color finishes, and the DMK22C-LVOA, with exclusive licensing from War Sport™ Manufacturing LLC. The DMK22 Sporting Rifles will be on display for the first time at the KRISS USA booth, #8003, during the 2017 Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The DEFIANCE® DMK22 is a trailblazing rifle that sets a new standard for performance, build quality, and upgradability for the .22LR sporting rifle segment.” states Tim Seargeant, KRISS USA’s Marketing Manager. “The DMK22 is a no-compromises rifle, it offers the same feel, functionality, and upgradability as a centerfire AR-15, but at rimfire cost of ownership.”

Features, Specifications, and Compatibility
The DMK22C features a 16.5” 4140 Chrome Moly barrel with a 1:16” twist rate, ½” x 28 RH threading, and black nitiride coating. The 13” free floating hand guard is made from aircraft grade aluminum, with a MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny top rail and modular rail section attachment points at the three, six, and nine o’clock positions. The proprietary sporting rifle receivers are forged from an aluminum alloy and are designed to be compatible with AR-15 upgrade parts; such as MILSPEC butt stocks, pistol grips, dust covers, charging handles, forward assists, magazine releases, muzzle devices, and hand guards. The bolt catch functions with the included DEFIANCE® .22LR magazine to lock the bolt back when empty, even when the magazine is removed.

Further customization can be achieved with different barrel profiles, through a patent pending barrel adaptor system. The DMK22C is also compatible with most Ruger® 10/22® aftermarket barrels. Additionally, select .22LR AR-15 magazines also fit and feed in the DEFIANCE® DMK22C, though they do not trigger the bolt catch. The DMK22C is also compatible with a select number of AR-15 aftermarket trigger packs.

KRISS USA Partners with War Sport™ Manufacturing
KRISS USA reached an agreement with War Sport™ Manufacturing LLC to bring a .22LR version of their famous Low Visibility Operations Application (LVOA) rifle to the market. The officially licensed DEFIANCE® DMK22C-LVOA offers the same features and compatibility as the DMK22C, with the iconic War Sport™ LVOA modular hand guard.

Pricing and Availability
The DEFIANCE® DMK22C sporting rifle line up will be available Q2, 2017, with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price starting at $699.00. Actual sales price may vary depending on individual dealer. The DMK22C-LVOA as well as base models of the DMK22C will be offered in hard anodized Black finish. Additional colors will be available in Flat Dark Earth, OD Green, and Alpine White ceramic CERAKOTE® finish.

For more information about the complete line of DEFIANCE® DMK22 sporting rifles, please visit the new KRISS USA website at

KRISS USA is a leading manufacturer, distributor and provider of small arms, training replicas and accessories for commercial, military and law enforcement users worldwide. KRISS USA is part of a group of companies that focus on delivering proprietary technologies to the firearms industry, enabling more effective and versatile solutions, corresponding to today’s security challenges.

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  1. Local gun stores have tons of similar boring AR-22s for sale, dozens lined up against the walls. I have to navigate around them to get to the real guns.

    $699 for a Kriss .22? Thanks but no thanks.

  2. Oh boy! Another overpriced niche offering from Vector arms. Their biggest selling point is that it takes another manufacturers barrels…nothing like living off the reputation of the competition. Think I’d just buy a 10/22 takedown for HALF the price.
    Makes me wonder what vector is going to charge for magazines, seems how they want $99 for a reworked Glock mag.

  3. My integrally suppressed M&P 15-22 is one of my absolute favorite guns. I shoot it just about every day. It is Doom to corn thieving raccoons. I once killed 17 in one night. The bolt cycling is the loudest part of firing.

  4. But not 10/22 mags, miss for me. Sure it will be great though. But between S&W 15-22, Ruger 10/22, and Savage – I’m not going into anything else that will reqiure more rimfire rifle mags!

  5. I’ve been waiting for this rifle ever since they started talking about it at last year’s SHOT. They claimed it was going to be competitively priced, so I figured M&P .22 range. I didn’t realize that by competitive they meant competitive with centerfire ARs. What a disappointment, I’ve been holding off on buying a .22 AR for plinking all year figuring this one might be in the running.

  6. Yes, Glocks are somewhat like ARs now, including the capability to by 80% receivers and be completely off the government radar. However, the big difference between Glock and the aftermarket, is that Glock is cheaper…

  7. What is this .22LR about which you have written? Can it be purchased at a regular store, or must it be special-ordered? Does it cost more or less than 9mm? Is any of it American-made, or does it all come from the West Midlands of England or Cuernavaca, Mexico?

    These are the questions keeping me awake at night.

  8. So the ONE unique and innovative idea they had wasn’t paying the bills so they put a slightly different spin on a tried-and-true idea? Either this is brilliant and will keep them afloat or Kriss is going to go the way of so many other small MSR companies will in the next few years- right down the drain.
    Mark my words folks: the MSR market is saturated. With demand dropping after the inauguration, many of these small companies will not be able to compete with the established big names. Those that have really neat ideas like Kriss with their Vector would do well to consider selling or at least partnering with some companies with deeper pockets. It’s sad, but that’s business.

  9. “better suits your specific mission” – MISSION?!?! Are ya gonna go Operator AF on some gophers, Suzie?
    It’s a 22LR with the ability to accept Ruger 10/22 barrels……
    Costs at least twice as much as a Chiappa….
    After some point you’re just paying for the brand.

  10. You know, at that sort of price, you could add a couple of bills and get into a real target .22LR. The Anschuetz 1903 usually is seen at dealers for $900+.

    • Spent an hour or so last night perusing the Volquartsen website. For $1100, I could get a super sweet piece. Anywhere around $1k for rimfire? Not seeing the purpose.

      • If you shoot rimfire competitively, you’re going to be into the rifle for at least $1500, and the sights for about another $400 to start.

        Most people think of .22’s as guns they use to plink at tin cans. Some people use them to shoot at very small targets at close ranges.

  11. Kriss customer service is far from stellar, I asked a simple question about having the rivet drilled out of my Vector SDP in preparation converting it to SBR once I received the Form 1. They clearly state if any mods are done then the warrant is void. Not like I would send it in to replace the rivet, I had the Kriss part to put a AR buffer tube on it ( under the stock sling mount is threaded for it ) but I wanted both parts and the pin. I got a canned reply back, blah blah blah, you have to send it to us, we’ll submit the paperwork, we’ll swap out the barrel and once everything is approved send it back. And charge you some insane amount for the work and engraving. Exact what I had read online in a forum… I wrote back asking why would they change the pistol barrel out? All I wanted was a rivet removed so I could swap the sling mount, so I could mount a brace while waiting for my Form 1, you know like you OFFER/SELL? Nothing back… So FB, sent a message, asking why no reply. Someone will email you….

    About a week later, nothing….. Follow up FB message….. Got an email, explained what I wanted and why, offered to give them my submitted eForm #, how much to remove that rivet, nothing more, I didn’t want to void the warranty. Reply, we can’t it has to leave exactly as it was shipped the first time, only if they had explained that the first time. OK, what about if I park in your parking lot, someone walks out, I hand them a cordless drill they drill it out, I drop a Twenty, don’t notice it, load my pistol and drill up and go home, to save my warranty. Might have sent a link to a V8 RX7 conversion. Reply; Just drill it out, we won’t cover the rivet, but we’ll stand behind everything else.

    Would not mind having a Sphinx too, but the hassle of getting a reasonable answer changed my mind.

  12. They are high. A great “This is your brain on drugs” ad right here. 22 rifles should never be that high unless maybe they are top of the line competition guns.

  13. Another stupid move and bad decision by a gun company for 2017 in what will be known as the year gun companies realized too late that they know nothing about marketing or responsive product development as the Obama gun ban sales driver is over. You can get a decent AR-15 for $550 plus a .22 conversion for $130 and have both options. This “new” offering will be a dud like their other low selling annual number overpriced selling guns.


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